Song Lyric Sunday: Robert Cray, “I Wonder”

Jim got another prompt from Melanie for this week’s songfest: "amaze, astonish, curious, shock, surprise, wonder." The result: more blues!

"I Wonder" was from Robert Cray’s fourth album, Strong Persuader (1986). He wrote it, as he did most of his songs at this point. Cray was influenced primarily by Howlin’ Wolf, but here he sounds a lot like Otis Rush, both his singing and his guitar playing. There are also hints of Buddy Guy in both. Or maybe it’s the other way around. No matter: when I first heard this album, I said "this is what I’ve been waiting for!" Incredible guitar playing, great lyrics, Young Bob’s soulful voice… the blues was back. It actually had never left, but damn…

Am I a long way from your heart,
I wonder,
Is this where love is, heartache starts,
I wonder,

I wonder if you ever think about me,
And how good our old loving used to be,
Sometimes,
Sometimes I wonder

When you left with one last curious look,
I wonder,
I tried to call you,
You changed the number on me,
I really wonder

You tell me things to get me where you want me to be,
How come I feel you’re getting the best of me,
Sometimes,
I wonder

I hear a car coming round the corner,
I hear footsteps on my front porch,
I see a shadow from the light above,
I hear a voice,
Oh it’s not yours

Why does this happen,
What’s going on,
I wonder,
Could this be a dream,
Or has Bob gone crazy,
I wonder,

How come I feel your taking advantage of me,
Why can’t I get you out of me,
Sometimes,
Sometimes I wonder

They say that time will heal my broken heart,
I wonder,
Could it be that I’m blind,
All alone in the dark,
I wonder

I can’t help feeling this way,
If I could leave, I’d surely leave today,
Sometimes,
I wonder

It seems to me you still wanna be around
But when I see you, all hell starts breaking down,
Sometimes,
I wonder

mm hmm
I really wonder.

Lyrics courtesy AZLyrics.com

 

That’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 19, 2022.

Song Lyric Sunday: Lou Christie, “Rhapsody In The Rain”

Jim’s prompt for this week, "excitement, pleasure, sentiment, spirit," comes from Melanie. I have the perfect song…

"Rhapsody In The Rain" was written by Twyla Herbert and Lou Christie and released as a single in 1966, and was also on his 1966 album Painter Of Hits. The original version used language that sounded to program directors like they were having sex in the car, and wouldn’t play the record, so MGM Records had Lou do a less-controversial version. That version reached #10 in Canada, #16 on the Hot 100, #37 in the UK, and #40 in Australia. The original (dirty) version is below; you can hear the less provocative version here. As for the video to this, I have no idea why the young lady is dancing in the rain…

Baby the raindrops play for me
A lonely rhapsody ’cause on our first date
We were makin’ out in the rain

And in this car our love went much too far
It was exciting as thunder
Tonight I wonder where you are

The windshield wipers seemed to say
“Together – together – together – together”
And now they are saying
“Oh, ne…ver, ne…ver”
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

Rhapsody in the rain
Rhapsody in the rain
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)

Baby, I’m parked outside your door
Remember makin’ love, makin’ love, we were makin’ love in the storm
(sha-la-la-la la-la)

And then a flash from above
Lightning – lightning – lightning – lightning
Just li-ike our love
It was exciting, exciting
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, baby

Rhapsody in the rain
Rhapsody in the rain
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)

Yesterday, bring back yesterday

Rhapsody in the rain
Rhapsody in the rain
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)
Angels keep cryin’ for me (don’t stop)

Lyrics from Lyrics.com

 

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 12, 2022.

Song Lyric Sunday: Howlin’ Wolf, “Goin’ Down Slow”

Melanie fed Jim another prompt for this week: "disgust, embarrassment, guilt, regret, remorse, shame." And I, naturally, went with a blues song…

"Goin’ Down Slow" is a song by St. Louis Jimmy Oden that’s considered a blues standard, meaning that there are many versions of it out there. This particular one is by Chester Arthur Burnett, aka Howlin’ Wolf. His is notable because the legendary Willie Dixon, who plays bass on the track, does the narration between the verses. Also on the track are Jimmy Rogers and Hubert Sumlin on guitars, Henry Gray on piano, and Sam Lay on the drums.

The lyrics were posted with the video…

[spoken:]
Man…
You know I’ve been enjoyin’ things that kings and queens will never have!
In fact kings and queens can never get ‘m.
And they don’t even know about it!
And good times? Mmmmmmmmm-mmh!!

[sung:]
I have had my fun, if I never get well no more (x 2)
Oh my health is fadin’ on me, oh yes I’m goin’ down slow

[spoken:]
Now looka here…
I did not say I was a millionaire…
But I said I have spent more money than a millionaire!
Cause if I had kept all my money that I’d already spent,
I would’ve been a millionaire a looong time ago…
And women? Great Googlie-Mooglie!!

[sung:]
Please write my mother, tell her the shape I’m in (x 2)
Tell her to pray for me, forgive me for my sin

That’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for June 5, 2022.

Song Lyric Sunday: Classics IV, “Traces”

Jim gives us today’s prompt, "appearance, image, likeness, object, picture, photograph." I chose a song from the band Classics IV, a soft-rock outfit from Jacksonville, Florida. Many of the members of that band moved to Atlanta and became the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

"Traces" was written by Buddy Buie, J. R. Cobb, and Emory Gordy Jr. It was released as a single in 1969 and was the title track from their album from that year. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, #2 on the Canadian Top 100, and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

I chose this video because the pictures looked like they were taken from my yearbook, even though I know they weren’t.

Faded photograph
Covered now with lines and creases
Tickets torn in half
Memories in bits and pieces

Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love

Ribbons from her hair
Souvenirs of days together
The ring she used to wear
Pages brown from old love letter

Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right
Traces of love with me tonight

I close my eyes and say a prayer
That in her heart she’ll find
A trace of love still there
Somewhere, oh, oh

Traces of hope in the night
That she’ll come back and dry
These traces of tears from my eyes

Lyrics from AZLyrics.com

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for May 29, 2022.

Song Lyric Sunday: “Money (That’s What I Want” and “Silver And Gold”

I chose two songs for this week, because Paula and Jim chose the theme of "Money, Gold, Silver, Rich" and I thought someone else would pick the first one, so I came up with two.

The first, "Money (That’s What I Want)," was written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford and originally recorded by Barrett Strong in 1959. The Beatles, who were playing in Hamburg in the early ’60’s, added it to their playlist because they were playing eight hours a night and needed material. They recorded it for their second UK album, With The Beatles (1964). Capitol split that album into two parts (and added several singles to each) and included it on their second album (third US Beatles album overall), appropriately called The Beatles’ Second Album (1964).

The best things in life are free
But you can keep ’em for the birds and bees

Now give me money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want) yeah
That’s what I want

Your loving give me a thrill,
But your loving don’t pay my bills

Now give me money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want) yeah
That’s what I want

Money don’t get everything it’s true
What it don’t get I can’t use

Now give me money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want) yeah
That’s what I want

Well, now give me money (that’s what I want)
Whole lot of money (that’s what I want)
Whoah yeah, I wanna be free (that’s what I want)
Oh, money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want, yeah (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want

Well, now give me money (that’s what I want)
Whole lot of money (that’s what I want, whoo)
Whoah, yeah, you know I need money (that’s what I want)
Now give me money (that’s what I want, whoo)
That’s what I want, yeah (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want

Lyrics via AZLyrics.com

The second song is "Silver And Gold," from the 1964 Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was written by Johnny Marks and sung by Burl Ives, who voiced the narrator Sam the Snowman. In the show, Burl sang just the first verse; on subsequent recordings, he sang the second verse as well.

Silver, silver and gold
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Mean so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On ev’ry Christmas tree

Silver, silver and gold
Silver, silver and gold
Silver and gold

Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Wise men brought gifts to the manger I’m told
Mary was humble to see
Shepherds and kings there on bended knees
It’s silver and gold, silver and gold
Feeling the world with their lives
Silver and gold how they shimmer on ev’ry Christmas night
On ev’ry Christmas night

Silver, silver and gold

Lyrics via AZLyrics.com

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for May 22, 2022.